Raising a Soul Surfer

One Family's Epic Tale

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Bethany Hamilton's incredible story of surviving and thriving in the wake of a shark attack, told in her bestselling autobiography Soul Surfer, has sold more than 1.5 million copies. Yet her family's adventures started long before Bethany lost her arm and became a pro surfer. Now Cheri Hamilton, Bethany's mom, tells the inspiring story of the Hamilton Family.

Raising a Soul Surfer invites readers to journey with the Hamiltons to the lush islands of Hawaii, to experience a worldwide news event, Bethany's shark attack, from her parents' point of view. Witness the many small steps of faith and how God stepped in and gave them a higher purpose.


"Spending time with Cheri Hamilton and the whole Hamilton clan during script development, pre-production, filming, and beyond gave me a unique perspective on the family. Seeing the love for God, and the love of God, pouring out of them kept us focused on the true reason for producing the film, Soul Surfer. And having the opportunity to have Cheri capture even more of the story in Raising a Soul Surfer helps fill in all the blanks that are left unfilled by a 2 hour movie."

Rich Peluso, vice president, AFFIRM Films / Sony Pictures Entertainment

"Ever since a shark attacked Bethany, she focuses on what she can control instead of what she can't see. In fact, 'Don't Look Down' seems to be an unspoken motto for the entire Hamilton family. This expression is not a suggestion that they ignore their fears; rather, it is a statement of courage that motivates them to embrace life's challenges. Instead of worrying about what might happen, the Hamiltons trust in the Lord and don't blink an eye to transitory disturbances. They continue to look up toward the Lord, hoping and praying for good instead of mulling over their fears."

from the foreword by Anna Sophia Robb, actress who portrayed Bethany Hamilton in the hit movie Soul Surfer

"I have been truly honored to know Bethany Hamilton, riding with her and sharing platforms where we witness people's hearts being deeply moved by the inspirational story of Bethany and her faith in God. As a child going and growing through difficulties because of having no limbs since birth, I sincerely understand the importance of a mother's role in one's life through storms that seem too big at times. Cheri Hamilton's testimony and life lessons will touch and challenge anyone's perspective of life. Furthermore her love for Bethany, her family, and, above all, God, will ignite a flame of faith and encouragement to all who read."

Nick Vujicic, founder, Life without Limbs

The Authors

  1. Cheri Hamilton

    Cheri Hamilton

    Cheri Hamilton was 27 when she first met Christ in between surf sessions. At the time she was completely obsessed with surfing. In 1975, she met and married Tom. Together they raised their three kids Noah, Tim and Bethany, and taught them how to surf.

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  2. Rick Bundschuh

    Rick Bundschuh

    Rick Bundshuh is a pastor, veteran youth worker, writer, speaker, and published cartoonist. He serves as a teaching pastor at Kauai Christian Fellowship. He worked with Bethany Hamilton on her bestselling Soul Surfer book. He lives with his beautiful...

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